The Mega Marine Survey's first Expedition kicked off this morning! A small team are gathered at Celestial Resort, Pulau Ubin for this momentous event.
Prof Peter Ng shared more about what happened at a Real Expedition at Pangalo in 2005. With lots of detailed slides on all the awesome stuff that needs to get done. Logistics, equipment, processing specimens, photographing them, synchronising data and a recent addition, taking tissue samples and freezing them.
Singapore Blue Plan submitted by International Year of the Reef 2008 Singapore Organising Committee which represents the Singapore marine community. The Blue Plan which was
eventually submitted and accepted by the government. In particular,
Minister Mah Bow Tan supported one of the Blue Plan's proposals, which
was to have a comprehensive survey of our marine biodiversity.
Then Dr Tan Koh Siang explains that we are going to do for the next three days. Today is the first of a “mini” expedition (5-9 Mar 2012). This first expedition, based at Pulau Ubin, is meant for us to test out techniques, nail down certain issues and basically prepare ourselves for the next expedition. The Real Expedition will be in October and also focus on Singapore's Northern shores. The third Expedition will focus on habitats found in the Singapore straits and will be conducted in 2013.
Dr Tan shows us some of the equipment we will be using for the dredging.
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